Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sweet and Sour Pork

During my time in Hong Kong I found that it was much cheaper to order or prepare foods which the locals eat. Also it added a bit to the adventure to be sampling the local cuisine not commonly found in the west. One dish I found myself eating quite often was sweet and sour pork. Quite similar to it's western counterpart sweet and sour chicken, only a bit healthier and doesn't leave you hungry 30 minutes after eating it. It's one of the few dishes I could serve to my family without them experiencing culture shock

The recipe does include a bit of frying which can be done using a wok or if you have one a fryer. I find the wok works just fine, and you only have that to clean when you're done cooking. There are a few substitutions in this recipe as a few of the ingredients are a bit difficult to locate here in the west.

Batter Ingredients
1 tbsp rice wine
1 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
1 lb pork loin, cut into cubes
1 lightly beaten egg
4 tbsp cornstarch
Vegetable oil for frying

Sauce Ingredients
2/3 cup chicken broth (stock)
1 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tsp dark soy sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
4 tsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp ketchup
2 tsp cornstarch, mixed to a smooth paste in 1 tbsp water
1 red bell pepper, chopped

Batter Preparation
  1. Combine the rice wine, soy sauce, and sesame oil in a medium bowl; add the pork and toss to coat. Let marinate for 15 minutes.
  2. In a shallow bowl, beat the egg with 1 tbsp of the cornstarch. Place the remaining 3 tbsp cornstarch in another wide shallow bowl.
  3. Lift the pork from the marinade and toss in the cornstarch bowl. Then dip the pork into the egg-cornstarch mixture bowl to coat.
  4. Heat the oil in a wok. Fry the pork in batches for 5 minutes until golden brown. Drain on paper towel and set aside.
Sauce Preparation
  1. In a large wok combine all ingredients except for the bell pepper and bring to a boil. Cook and stir until slightly thickened.
  2. Stir in the chopped bell pepper.
  3. Add the fried pork, heat and stir gently until coated.
  4. Serve with jasmine rice


  1. My dad always gets sweet and sour pork at asian restaurants. Nice recipe!

  2. Damn that sounds awesome, i've got this Chinese fast food place by my house that serves this and it's amazing.

  3. That sounds great right about now. Too bad I don't have the money :\

  4. Haha this is something my friend will love, I'll share this recipe!

  5. Looks pretty similar to sweet and sour fish my family makes, will have to try this.

  6. sounds great, and not as crappy for you as americanized chinese food.

  7. Although I do not like Chinese food, this one looks good.

  8. off to the store then kitchen i go! in the morning when it's not midnight.. nice post

  9. Did you have a chance to eat any scorpion on a stick?

  10. This looks delicious. I haven't had it for awhile but I'm definitely going to make some later today. Thanks for this.